The UHMS PATH is open to MD, DO, NP and PA candidates who have previously completed a 40-hour introduction to hyperbaric medicine course. Candidates in the Stellenbosch CAQ program in undersea and hyperbaric medicine (UHM), previously offered by UHMS, who deferred completion will be enrolled automatically in this revised program at no charge. Upon completion of the PATH, MD/DO candidates will receive a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) and NP/PA candidates will receive a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAE).
The PATH does not replace fellowship training or board certification in UHM, which is considered the gold standard for training in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. The CAQ/CAE is intended to demonstrate that a candidate has completed a formal education program covering advanced topics in UHM, as well as having submitted clinical cases for formal review.
The PATH is intended to take between six to 12 months to complete and represents approximately 100 hours of continuing education credits. The PATH curriculum is divided into five (5) main components described below.
Currently, only Blocks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, & 8 have been released. A schedule for the release of the remaining blocks, as well as the case presentations/write-ups, will be released shortly, along with a schedule for the case conferences.
The UHMS PATH is open to MD, DO, NP and PA candidates who have previously completed a 40-hour introduction to hyperbaric medicine course. Non-US based providers are welcome to enroll in PATH, but they are subject to the same requirements for completion.
Upon completion of the PATH, MD/DO candidates will receive a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) and NP/PA candidates will receive a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAE).
This portion of the PATH will be broken down into different content blocks and will include reading material and archived video presentations geared to each block.
Block 1: Hyperbaric Physiology and Side Effects
Block 2: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Block 3: Chronic Radiation Tissue Injury
Block 4: Arterial Insufficiencies, CRAO, ISSHL, Crush
Block 5: Problem Wounds, Diabetic Ulcers, Chronic Osteomyelitis
Block 6: Intracranial Abscess, Acute Blood Loss Anemia, Thermal Burns
Block 7: Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections and Critical Care
Block 8: Decompression Illness
Block 9: Investigational Uses of HBO2
Reading assignments will be revealed after registration and completion of a pre-test. A post-test will be given after each block has been completed.
While we have made every attempt to obtain PDFs of these reading assignments as part of the course material, some articles may have to be obtained individually. You may contact your hospital’s medical librarian for assistance.
All candidates will be required to submit redacted chart notes of patients for whom the candidate was the primary caregiver. These are not cases in progress. Candidates will have to submit the following documents on a per-case basis.
Redacted cases will be scanned and uploaded into the PATH database.
Candidates will have to receive a passing evaluation of 10 cases covering four separate indications for HBO2.
PATH faculty will review these cases in a blind fashion, assessing the candidate’s documentation.
PATH faculty will grade each case as: Pass, Pass Pending Additional Documentation, or No-Pass. Candidates will submit additional cases until they have passed 10 cases.
Candidates will be required to attend six web-based case conferences that will be held monthly by PATH faculty. These case conferences will be two hours in length and include discussion of submitted cases that have had both good and bad workups. The discussion of the cases will remain anonymous.
All PATH candidates must complete a UHMS-sanctioned Skills Lab, which will be conducted throughout the year, as pre-course or in conjunction with, the Annual Scientific Meeting and other selected UHMS meetings. Registration fees for the skills lab are independent of the cost of PATH tuition.
Attendees of the 2016 ASM pre-course will receive credit for the Skills Lab. The Gulf Coast Chapter Skills Lab, held August 25, 2016 is not eligible for PATH credit.
After completion of the PATH curriculum, all candidates will take a final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required before a certificate can be issued. Candidates may take the exam up to 3 times if they do not pass.
~ Enoch Huang, President, UHMS and Chair, GME Committee